Aric Almirola: Aric Almirola fourth in Geico 500

Janie Parker
May 9, 2017

"I feel like we've had pretty decent runs, but I never really feel like we've been at that point that he's at, that we've had that dominance that whole race", Blaney said. We're not sure NASCAR's rookie drivers are quite ready for this type of race, so we're looking at more experienced value plays. From a fantasy perspective, predicting races at tracks such as Talladega and Daytona International Speedway is even more hard than at other tracks, as the nature of restrictor-plate racing makes things even more unpredictable.

Sign up for the online chat with Col. Brandon Pearce, NGA's chief information security officer, May 15, 12:30 p.m. An incident occurred on the backstretch of the final lap involving Darrell Wallace Jr. and JJ Yeley, but NASCAR made the decision to not throw a caution flag letting the field finish under green.

Almirola drove his No. 98 Fresh from Florida Ford to the front of the pack and held off veterans Elliott Sadler and Joey Logano to win the Sparks Energy 300 in thrilling fashion. Almirola also finished fourth in the Daytona 500 this February to give him back-to-back top-fives on plate tracks.

Almirola had to drive using his rearview mirror to fend off attacks for the lead from every lane.

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He came up awkwardly after hitting the floor on a drive, then grabbed at his left knee - which the team said he "tweaked". Washington were up 45-24 early in the second quarter when Boston's Kelly Olynyk was whistled for a hard foul on Oubre.


The auto was indeed fast and Almirola used a fuel-only stop to earn his first series victory since Daytona a year ago.

"I made a mistake inside the vehicle coming to the white that probably cost me a shot at winning the race".

Sadler finished second, his sixth top-10 showing in nine NXS starts at Talladega.

"We were just one spot short today", Sadler said. "The draft is so insane and different". "It means so much they let me run this thing seven or eight times a year, and I have so much fun, especially at the speedway races like Talladega".

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